Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby RedHeaven » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:58 am

I have long really fine curly frizz hair. I have some chemical (non natural) shampoo I only use when I want really smooth locks, Joico brand Moisture Recovery. Blue bottles. Shamp and Conditioner, both REALLY soft and adds lots of weight to your hair. Pretty goopy for daily use at home but I swear by it out there and campmates always want to borrow it. I dont fully rinse out the conditioner. I know evap ponds hate me and my chemical slime but my hair is such a bitch I just have to. Bronners would turn me into a piece of chalk.
I used to wrap up a bun and use hair falls for fun but i am enjoying my hair down.
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby brcprincess » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:40 pm

I have thick wavy hair thats sits just above my shoulders. I blow dry it and flat iron it before I get to the Playa and it usually looks okay throughout the week. Humidity is terrible for my hair, but the dry conditions of the Playa seem to help keep it straight.
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby chica63 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:22 pm

My sister is a hairstylist and gave me a hair mask called It's A 10. I use it on my off days as a leave in conditioner. I pull it through wet hair and put it up in braids, ponytail or a bun and have left it in for up to 4 days before washing. Never sticky or oily (even here in humid Texas), never dirty looking, and the hair is soft as silk and still smells great days later. She suggested I try that, adding more daily or as needed, and keeping my hair in braids and covered with a bandana and/or hat when I can.

Also loving the coconut suggestion! I use it for everything (including taking a teaspoon or 2 a day as a "supplement") and was planning on taking some to the playa anyway, so... Coconut oil is reported to have antifungal and some antibacterial properties as well. Great for skin.

Jojoba oil is the closest of all oils to our own natural body oils. GREAT oil to use on your face and body as well as hair.
I'm an esthetician and have been recommending both of these oils to clients for years. We'll see if my own advice pans out. lol
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby pamela1111 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:42 pm

I have curly frizzy hair and I use Tigi Bed Head before I go to the playa, blow dry it straight and then don't wash my hair. My hair will start to curl by the next day and then I brush it and it goes straight again, unless I wash it. If you can manage to keep your hair clean without rewashing it, the bed head will keep even the curliest hair straight for about 4 days at a time. I would also put in a little Garnier Fructis control serum for frizzy hair, which makes curly hair shine really nicely. GL!
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby darcitananda » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:37 am

I braid wool "dreads" into my hair, about 50 or so. This eliminates the need for any styling, keeps my hair protected, and looks awesome as well (in fact my hair is pretty much my costume for the week). The wool is surprisingly light and breathable, and it's somewhat flame retardant, so that is a plus, in case a rogue spark lands on you, or you're a fire conclave hooper or what have you....
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:00 pm

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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:02 pm

fucking A.


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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby chelsea00marie » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:09 pm

I have long, fine, yet full, low body, straight hair-- ridiculous explanations but my point; my hair tangles like crazy. On the playa, it is the worst. The best way I've found to care for it is to braid it before hand (I also make fake dreads and braid them in) and as soon as I get home and hit a shower, I completely wash it and condition it without taking it out of the braids. The next time I shower its usually pretty manageable.
However, if leaving your hair out of braids, on the playa I use a spray bottle of vinegar and water. Though its smelly and probably harsh it helps to break down the playa. I spray my hair and immediately follow with a towel to rub out as much of the playa as I can. After running my fingers through it, I put a bit of jojoba or coconut oil and get it as manageable as possible. Works alright for me.
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby Celery (Jamey) » Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:22 am

Might I suggest Glue...
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It stayed up all week and washed out with no problem when I finally got to a shower (900 miles and 9 days later)

The braid in the back is a little loose at this point because I had already removed the fibre-optic Mohawk that was glued inside. Which brings up a side-note...Be careful when you spray that shit...It melts plastic! (Who knew?!)
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby tatonka » Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:52 pm

I braid my hair ,( as in my sig ) when on my bike it would just ratt up if not braided.
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby mytripod » Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:56 pm

I braided my curly hair before I went and it still annoyed me in the wind and dust. I would have gone by one of the haircutting camps but I really didn't want to end up with a mohawk. I did hack it off when I got home. This year I'm cutting it short before i go. I've even thought about buzzing it, but I don't want a sunburned scalp if I forget to grab my hat on a walk down the streets. Hair blowing in my eyes drives me crazy (short trip). Hair products make my scalp itch. Wigs are too hot. Maybe I'll do a modified buzzcut and look like a tuft of beach grass.
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby lucky420 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:39 pm

my hair just kind of dreads itself and i pretty much leave it like that till i get home :mrgreen:
Oh my god, it's HUGE!
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby mytripod » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:01 pm

One word of caution about coconut oil. It turns liquid in the heat, so open your jar CAREFULLY if it is very full, or you will slosh it all over everywhere like I did. oops.
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby knowmad » Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:23 pm

Being the Indian I am, I use alovera on my hair. And skin. And everything.
I've seen alovera drinks in the co-op, but haven't tried them.
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby Savannah » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:24 pm

knowmad wrote:Being the Indian I am, I use alovera on my hair. And skin. And everything.
I've seen alovera drinks in the co-op, but haven't tried them.


What tribe, Knowmad?
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby knowmad » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:50 pm

Savannah wrote:
knowmad wrote:Being the Indian I am, I use alovera on my hair. And skin. And everything.
I've seen alovera drinks in the co-op, but haven't tried them.


What tribe, Knowmad?

I'm kickapoo / Potowotomi.
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby Savannah » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:49 am

You don't hear Kickapoo every day. :)

I have a massive aloe plant in my kitchen. I suppose I ought to harvest a little of it, but it's verging on majestic and I have this thing about cutting it. :lol:
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby Asquared » Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:21 pm

cut it once sav and you'll see. little fuckers grow like weeds!

(if you split off one of the 'babies' and let that grow up a bit, then you won't have to cut anything and it will stay majestic)
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby Savannah » Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:34 pm

Asquared wrote:cut it once sav and you'll see. little fuckers grow like weeds!

(if you split off one of the 'babies' and let that grow up a bit, then you won't have to cut anything and it will stay majestic)


It does have two babies that are trying to assert themselves alongside the parent. I need to repot the suckers, the aloe plant is getting absolutely huge. It's like a koi in a pond. :lol:

Watch: I'll repot the young aloe and then feel bad about cutting THEM.
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby laffingblonde » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:46 pm

Don't waste time or precious water on your hair. Allow the dust and wind to do as it will. By Thursday it will look pretty f'n awesome. People will ask if it's a wig.
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby gaminwench » Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:26 pm

... and then when you get home, after two weeks of desert abuse, you have to cut off 6 inches.
No, thank you.
Wear braids.
Add colorful stuff, or not.
Know that braids require time and care both on the front and back ends.
Your hairs will thank you.
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby ygmir » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:14 am

gaminwench wrote:... and then when you get home, after two weeks of desert abuse, you have to cut off 6 inches.
No, thank you.
Wear braids.
Add colorful stuff, or not.
Know that braids require time and care both on the front and back ends.
Your hairs will thank you.


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I've grown my hair out, so am not sure what to do.......hahaha
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby AtticFish » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:12 pm

I'm seeing lots of great options for hair care products, and some good ones for styles too. Definitely gonna bring a few of these out, even though I have long since shed my butt-length hair.

Have you looked into/are you interested in braids? Not just the hanging-down-your-back braid, but the intricate ones that rival cornrows for containment and application time? You can do amazing things with long hair and a good braid stylist. If there isn't a local braider to you, I'd bet my hat (which is an awesome hat) that there will be someone on the playa who will be happy to play with your hair. Braid it up, leave it in, wash it without even taking it out--there is definitely a stylin' option there.
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby tatonka » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:55 pm

I cut my hair a year and half ago , now its braidable again :)
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby Savannah » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:36 pm

Use yelp.com to look up "braids" and "cornrows" in your hometown if you're interested.

It costs a bit, so if it's not in the budget, get your scrap and ribbon basket! . . .

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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby Snailin » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:46 pm

I have medium long hair and I never realized people had so many issues with their hair while in the desert! The couple burns I've been to I've dealt with my hair with little to no problems. I wash and deep condition it right before I leave for the desert. Once I'm out there I mostly wear it down and I wash it once mid week. When I wash it mid week I just shampoo it and work a bit of this http://www.lush.ca/R-B/03080,en_CA,pd.html into the ends of my hair. I then de-tangle to the best of my abilities with my fingers and if I can find my comb, I use that.
I then pin curl my hair while it's still wet. I like the way my hair looks all pinned up, so I usually wear it a day and night like that, then when I take it out I have long lasting curls since playa seems to be a great hair product. I like putting my hair in pin curls because it makes me feel so fancy. I also throw a scarf over my head some days and wet my hair down when I'm hot.
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby tara » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:31 am

Braid it! That's what I did this year. Everyday you wake up your hair will already be done! Nice n easy. :wink:
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby BirthChazz » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:59 pm

silicone lube, Baby!! (I use Gun Oil-in the black and gold pump)
It will not go rancid, or flake, or get crusty. (Unlike food grade oils, or conditioner)

Did two braids for set up, and tear down, to protect it from UBER dust. Have hair to below my nipples. Brushed it through with a bit more lube everyday, let it run free most nights. looked fab, no breakage no tangles.

This is my second year using this trick.

I took two showers, water only through the hair, put more lube in it.



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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby Skywater » Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:48 pm

ok so I was a virgin this year and didn't think about my hair pre-burn. I think Burning Man killed my hair. It's usually really soft and silky (it's my best attribute, so you know, you gotta work it), and now it's straw and kind of hard to brush through, as if there is a residue or maybe it's dry? I can't figure out which it is. I also had a TON of split ends from BM. How can I help it recover? Does it need something really strong to strip residue, or does it need a deep conditioner? I can't figure why it feels this way and don't know if it is becuase of the driness or dust or both - nor how to fix it!
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Re: Seeking tips for taming long hair on the playa

Postby winterdream28 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:53 pm

I wish I had better news or advice :-/..... I had to get my hair cut to get rid of the split ends and have been deep condition every other day since the playa. It is starting to feel a little more back to normal. I am using a hair mask to hopefully save it some more:) Next year braids:)
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